RSS prefers an out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya issue

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Bangalore, May 10: Showing first signs of a possible climbdown in the vexed Ayodhya issue, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) welcomed the May 09 verdict of the Supreme Court of India. The Sangh also stated that it continues to be keenly interested in having an out-of-court settlement to end the issue.

on May 09, Ram Madhav, the RSS Spokesperson was quoted by the New Indian Express as saying, "At the present juncture, a central legislation, perhaps, is the only way to end the dispute as the door for negotiations was shut as the parties to the dispute approached the Supreme Court against the Allahabad high court verdict. Had they come forward for talks (in the light of the Allahabad high court verdict), the outcome, perhaps, could have been positive and the solution enduring."

He was also quick to add that the matter had gone far too ahead in the courts, thus making it difficult to get it out of the judiciary. He was quoted by the daily as saying, "It would be difficult but not impossible, if it is taken in a pragmatic perspective."

According to the report, the RSS sees two positives in the recent developments. The first one being the Supreme Court's no objection to continue poojas and other rituals, which according to the RSS, points at an indirect admission that the land indeed is 'Ram Janma Bhoomi' as said by the Allahabad High court.

The second one according to the RSS was that, the Allahabad High Courts judgement was basically a flawed one as it had given one-third of the disputed land to a side which had not prayed for anything.

Madhav was also reported by the New Indian Express as repeating that the Sangh still harps on its stance to construct a grand Ram temple at the spot which is believed by many to be the birth-place of Ram.

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